Bungled Negroni

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Recipe: Bungled Negroni (serves one)

  • 2 oz. sparkling white wine
  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • clementine wheel or orange twist

Pour Campari and sweet vermouth into an ice-filled rocks glass. Stir. Top with sparkling wine, and stir again. Garnish with a clementine wheel or orange twist.


We wanted to make a cocktail with our leftover Prosecco from last night, so we decided to try making a version of the Negroni. This cocktail is based on the Negroni Sbagliato, which was created at Bar Basso in Milan when a bartender accidentally grabbed sparkling wine instead of gin while making a Negroni (“sbagliato” means “incorrect”). It has less alcohol and complexity than the Negroni, but it’s delicious and refreshing if you’re a fan of bitter drinks. Most recipes for the Negroni Sbagliato call for equal parts sparkling wine, Campari, and vermouth, but we prefer more wine. Like the original Negroni, this drink can also be served straight up.

We first saw the Negroni Sbagliato on the menu at Bourbon and Branch when we were visiting friends in San Francisco over the holiday break. Bourbon and Branch brings you back to the 1920’s Prohibition, with a special password required to enter, upscale but understated decor, and delicious cocktails. There was a long line at the door before opening time, so be sure to make a reservation. Stay tuned for more cocktails inspired by our trip.

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